For Immediate Release 

SIERRA VISTA, AZ – SEPTEMBER 11, 2019Brandon Martin, a candidate vying for the Republican nomination in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District has taken issue with one opponent’s stance on Tucson’s upcoming sanctuary city initiative vote, which will occur in November. Martin said, “One of my opponents believes the Tucson sanctuary city initiative is just a political gimmick. It’s not. It will be a serious problem for Tucson if it passes.” Martin was referring to a January 16, 2019 article written by Joseph Morgan in the Arizona Daily Star, Sanctuary City’ Doesn’t Mean Much, in which he writes the sanctuary city initiate, “is little more than a political gimmick.” Morgan is also seeking the Republican nomination.

Martin said, “Illegal immigration is a serious problem. This week we will be remembering all the victims who died as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks. Four of those terrorists were in the United States illegally at the time of the attacks. Sanctuary cities and other sanctuary jurisdictions around the country add to the difficulty our law enforcement face. These political sanctuaries in our country make it harder for our law enforcement to find and remove illegal aliens, some of whom have evil intent.”

Brandon Martin further criticized Morgan for implying San Francisco’s sanctuary city status had no role to play in Kate Steinle’s murder. Martin said, “My opponent characterizes San Francisco’s sanctuary city status as an issue of due process for illegals and he doesn’t think San Francisco’s status had any bearing on Kate Steinle’s murder. He should tell that to her father and while he’s at it he can tell it to all the other families around the country who have been devastated by the heinous crimes of illegal aliens. San Francisco and many other sanctuary jurisdictions around the United States are such because these jurisdictions want to exhibit a willful disregard for cooperating with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.”

Martin was referring to a passage  Joseph Morgan wrote in his January article which stated, “No one can deny that Kate Steinle was killed by a five-time deportee, in a so-called sanctuary city, San Francisco. However, that doesn’t translate into any region declaring an unwillingness to violate due process rights of illegal aliens being necessarily a danger zone, or that it happened because of that designation.

Kate Steinle’s killer, a man named Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate was released from custody on April 15, 2015, after a drug case against him was dropped. The local law enforcement ignored a detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hold Garcia-Zarate until they could remand him into their custody and local law enforcement did not inform ICE he was being released. Kate Steinle was shot on July 1, 2015, just two and a half months after Garcia-Zarate was released from the San Francisco County Jail.

Martin leveled a final criticism of Joseph Morgan and his January article stating, “My opponent does not take the implications of this initiative seriously. He has stated the initiative is largely symbolic and pointless and will do nothing to change the actual handling of how local law enforcement currently interact with illegal aliens in Tucson.”

Martin went on to say, “On Tuesday, September 9, 2019, my opponent announced on Facebook that he was now part of a local effort to stop the sanctuary initiative. That’s interesting, but my opposition to the sanctuary initiative has been since day one. My opponent’s Johnny-come-lately efforts against the initiative seem to me to be political grandstanding. He wants to cover for his previous ambivalence on this issue. You might even call what he’s doing a gimmick.”

For more information about Brandon Martin and his campaign for US Congress, please visit his website BrandonMartinforCongress.com.